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Madonna Urges Freedom for Anti-Putin Punk Girls at Concert

Madonna appealed for the freedom of three members of an all-female Russian punk band, on trial for a protest against Vladimir Putin in the country’s main Orthodox Christian cathedral.

“I think that these three girls -- Masha, Katya, Nadya --I think that they have done something courageous,” the pop star said in footage of her Moscow concert last night posted on the Ekho Moskvy radio station’s website. “They have paid a price for this act. I pray for their freedom.”